Rosen Law Firm Investigates Computer Security Class Action Involving Lenovo Laptops

Lenovo Laptop Purchasers are Encouraged to Contact the Rosen Law Firm

February 20, 2015

CONSUMER COMPUTER SECURITY ALERT: CONSUMERS ADVISED TO TAKE STEPS TO REMOVE ADWARE FROM LENOVO COMPUTERS PURCHASED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2014 THROUGH JANUARY 2015

Rosen Law Firm Initiates Class Action Investigation on Behalf of Purchasers of Lenovo Laptops Due to Security Vulnerability Caused By Software Installed By Lenovo

New York, N.Y., February 20, 2015.  The Rosen Law Firm, P.A. announced today that it has initiated a class action lawsuit investigation regarding a potential claims against Lenovo Group Ltd. (“Lenovo”; LNVGY) arising from its installation of adware/malware onto laptops sold to consumers from September 2014 through January 2015 (“Affected Computers”).  The adware exposes the computer user to serious security vulnerabilities that could result in the theft of users’ login and passwords, and other sensitive data that a user transmits online, as well as a degraded internet experience caused by it downloading and injecting third party ads and pop-up windows.   

Below is additional information concerning the harm to consumers and steps that you may want to take to protect yourself.  If you purchased an affected Lenovo computer, and would like to participate in a class action lawsuit or discuss your rights at no cost to you, please contact Phillip Kim, Esq. or Christopher Hinton, Esq. of The Rosen Law Firm toll free at 866-767-3653 or via e-mail at pkim@rosenlegal.com or chinton@rosenlegal.com.

According to recent reports, Lenovo began installing an adware program called Superfish onto the laptop computers that it sold to consumers beginning in September 2014 and continued through January 2015.  Unbeknownst or disclosed to users was that the adware intercepted secure user data and communications and also used a means that exposed the computer user to serious security vulnerabilities that could lead to theft of user data such as passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.   Commenting on Lenovo’s installation of Superfish, the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote that “Lenovo's decision to ship this software was catastrophically irresponsible and an utter abuse of the trust their customers placed in them. . . . Lenovo has not just injected ads in a wildly inappropriate manner, but engineered a massive security catastrophe for its users.” 

The affected computers are as follows:

    G Series: G410, G510, G710, G40-70, G50-70, G40-30, G50-30, G40-45, G50-45

    U Series: U330P, U430P, U330Touch, U430Touch, U530Touch

    Y Series: Y430P, Y40-70, Y50-70

    Z Series: Z40-75, Z50-75, Z40-70, Z50-70

    S Series: S310, S410, S40-70, S415, S415Touch, S20-30, S20-30Touch

 Flex Series: Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 14(BTM), Flex2 15(BTM), Flex 10

    MIIX Series: MIIX2-8, MIIX2-10, MIIX2-11

    YOGA Series: YOGA2Pro-13, YOGA2-13, YOGA2-11BTM, YOGA2-11HSW

    E Series: E10-30

Security experts advise removing the software.  Microsoft has just released an update to its Microsoft Defender software (which is available for most Windows platforms free of charge, and is integrated as a standard feature in Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems, unless otherwise disabled by the user) which will remove Superfish and the associated certificate creating the security vulnerability.  Alternatively, Lenovo has posted instructions for uninstalling the Superfish software and its certificate.  You can find the instructions at http://news.lenovo.com/images/20034/remove-superfish-instructions.pdf (PDF) or

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/02/how-remove-superfish-adware-your-lenovo-computer (standard html website).  You can also check to see if your computer is vulnerable by using a link provided in the EFF article.

The Rosen Law Firm focuses its practice on complex class actions around the country.

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Contact Information:

Phillip Kim, Esq.
Christopher Hinton, Esq.
The Rosen Law Firm P.A.
275 Madison Avenue 34th Floor
New York, New York 10016
Tel:  (212) 686-1060
Toll Free: 1-866-767-3653
Fax: (212) 202-3827
pkim@rosenlegal.com
chinton@rosenlegal.com
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